BlackBerry Bold 9790 review

Another day, another high-end BB7 handset

TODO alt text

Blackberry bold 9790 review

BlackBerry may have lost its way over the years in certain aspects, but aside from when BBM went down, messaging has consistently been a strong point for RIM phones. No surprise then that it's excellent as always on the BlackBerry Bold 9790.

Blackberry bold 9790 review

Email is the natural place to start, and it ticks all the boxes, with various account options open to the user from BES (business setup) to BIS (consumer-focused). It's very intuitive to set up if you're doing it yourself, and just as easy to customise.

We're big fans of the unified inbox, since you're able to throw everything in there. We're not talking just multiple email accounts but SMS/MMS, BBM, WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook. To coin the Apple philosophy, 'it just works.'

Blackberry bold 9790 review

BBM is present and accounted for. RIM's proprietary messaging service, which offers encryption, is free to use (barring data costs) and extremely popular with younger people who swap BlackBerry PINs like adults used to swap cigarette cards. Group chats, file transfers and even BlackBerry Music are onboard, which enables you to share your audio tastes.

Blackberry bold 9790 review

Blackberry bold 9790 review

Twitter and Facebook are both accounted for, and represent their clients well. Of course, you can also use the fantastic alternatives such as UberSocial if you prefer - they all do the basics well. The Facebook app has been updated in the last six months or so to make it more visually appealing and user-friendly, although it's still not on a par with the iPhone or Android variants.

Blackberry bold 9790 review

Blackberry bold 9790 review

As well as full integration with the inbox for Twitter and Facebook, the beauty of BB7 is that it enables an inroads to the inbox for other messaging solutions, too. The likes of Windows Live Messenger, ICQ, LinkedIn and so on. All of them will show up with notifications in the inbox if you choose, and it looks and feels very professional.

Blackberry bold 9790 review

We were really impressed with the keyboard on the BlackBerry Bold 9790. It's the same as that found on the 9700 and 9780, which we always thought was one of - if not the - best out there.

The Bold 9900 upped the ante a little by giving more real estate, but we still feel that the keyboard on the BlackBerry Bold 9790 is pretty unbeatable, and you'll be typing out messages like an eager Justin Bieber fan club member in no time at all.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderOrange
Input MethodQWERTY, Touchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value1.56 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyBold
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenNo
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand NameBlackBerry
Battery Talk Time5.30 Hour
Product Model9790
Screen Size6.2 cm (2.5")
Screen Resolution480 x 360
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)107 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerMarvell
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 7.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density246 ppi
Height110 mm
Width60 mm
Depth11.4 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time18 Hour
Product NameBold 9790
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTavor
Product LineBold
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberORGBOLD9790WHT
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The new fully loaded, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9790 smartphone

Prepare to be stunned by the BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone. This high performance smartphone combines the accuracy of a QWERTY keyboard with the speed and responsiveness of a touchscreen. Elegant lines and a premium finish conceal a powerful processor that delivers a truly outstanding experience.

Smart and intuitive

Enjoy the best of both worlds

Take control of your smartphone the way you want to. Use the fluid and highly responsive touchscreen for fast and easy web-browsing. And write clear and accurate emails using the iconic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard - now wider and even easier to use.

Limited Warranty1 Year